Hello! My name is Will Southwell-Wright, I’m a Post-Graduate Research Student at the University of Durham. My research focuses on the social status of ill health and disability in Late Roman Britain, and more broadly in the Roman World, primarily through analysing burial treatment. Beyond that, I’m interested more broadly in a whole range of topics that spin-off from those areas.

I’ve started this blog as a means of getting my thoughts on a whole range of archaeological and non-archaeological issues down on ‘paper’, so to speak. I use most other online social networking and blogging sites for more personal matters, but I’ve fancied for a while now to have somewhere I can post about my more nerdy interests without exasperating my non-archaeological friends. I’m also interested in getting feedback and communicating more generally with the archaeological world, so here goes!


About infirmitas

Following an BA in Classical and Historical Archaeology (2009) from the University of Sheffield (where he received both the Jennifer Derwent Prize in Archaeology and the Emily Willey Prize in Archaeology and Prehistory) and an AHRC-Funded MA in Archaeology from UCL (2010) in which he was awarded to Bryan Clauson prize for Roman Archaeology, William received an AHRC grant to undertake doctoral research at Durham University. His research looks at the burial treatment (including deviant burial practices), grave good provision and evidence for care of impaired individuals in the late Roman period in Britain. This data is placed in the wider sociological background of the Social Model of Disability as a means to examine societal perceptions of ill health and to allow for better differentiations to be made between the archaeological fact of physical impairment in the past and potential ensuing social disability. Within this William is also interested in iconographic depictions and literary sources relating to disability and ill-health across the Roman world. More widely, William maintains interests in Roman archaeology and art primarily of the western provinces, archaeological theory (esp. in relation to the body and mortuary behaviour), Disability Studies and Anglo-Saxon burial customs. William is a member of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference standing committee for 2011-2014.
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